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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

Public Health Preparedness: Integrating Public Health and Hospital Preparedness Programs
Examines different models for coordination that local health departments and general acute-care hospitals have employed to improve public health preparedness. Includes discussion of rural issues.
Author(s): Lois M. Davis, Jeanne S. Ringel, Sarah K. Cotton, et al.
Date: 2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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The 2005 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Service Issues
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Includes chapters focused on collaborations in rural communities, rural access to obstetrical services, and obesity in rural communities. Also examines rural welfare reform, including barriers faced by TANF recipients in the areas of transportation, child care, and the rural labor market. Includes recommendations to address these issues.
Date: 04/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Toolkit for Rural Community Coordinated Transportation Services
Provides information, instructions, and lessons learned from rural communities that have implemented coordinated transportation services. Includes details on who needs to be involved in coordinated transportation, how it operates, and its benefits.
Author(s): Jon E. Burkhardt, Charles A. Nelson, Gail Murray, David Koffman
Date: 08/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Transportation Research Board
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National Rural HIT Coalition
Provides an overview of the National Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Coalition, an informal network of rural and HIT leaders. Includes summaries of coalition meetings and conference calls.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Technical Assistance and Services Center
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Providing Developmental Screenings and Services in Rural Communities
Discusses barriers rural communities face in providing developmental screenings to children. Highlights a program in Alaska that builds community coalitions to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood programs and to provide screenings and referrals. Offers recommendations for others seeking to build early childhood development coalitions.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute for Children's Healthcare Quality
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Impact Case Studies
Provides a list of successful, rural-specific case studies describing how tools and resources from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are being used and their impacts at the local and national policy level, in healthcare systems, and for other professional healthcare services and providers. Case study examples are searchable by state/territory or at the national level, date, and topic.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Case Study: Health Coaches Partner with Community Members to Achieve Health and Wellness Goals
Details key steps and lessons learned to implementing a Health Coach program at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, Nebraska. Describes the program serving Wahoo and its surrounding communities. Provides education and advocacy for patients' overall health that produced positive results in four areas: mental health, breast health, diabetes, and obesity.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Rural Health System Partners with Local Fitness Centers and Small Businesses to Improve Workplace Wellness
Outlines Henderson Health Care Services' reaction to a 2015 community health needs assessment (CHNA) that identified fitness and nutrition as community concerns. Composed of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and several specialty and primary care clinics, the Henderson, Nebraska-based rural health system launched a workplace wellness program called Body @ Work. The program offers area employees reduced membership rates at participating fitness centers, wellness education, and other preventive care opportunities such as blood pressure checks at the workplace.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Partnership Enables Hospital to Provide Local Access to 24-Hour Health Care Through Telemedicine
Shares the approach of Seward, Nebraska-based Memorial Health Care Systems' "convenience campaign," which focuses on using technology to meet the needs of a younger-than-average patient base. Discusses building partnerships and utilizing new technologies to improve healthcare accessibility through same-day clinics, online communications, and 24/7 virtual care.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital Partners with Technology Provider to Engage and Connect with Community for Better Health
Shares details of a new health and life services model implemented in Fairbury, Nebraska at Jefferson Community Health and Life. Describes the use of online tools to integrate health and life services via an online wellness dashboard with the goal of inspiring people to make healthier lifestyle choices. Includes information about the model's approach, key steps, results, and lessons learned.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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